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a nightmare for stranded holiday travelers. >>> president obama aboard air force one right now racing back to washington to try to lead us away from the fiscal cliff. >>> former president george h.w. bush in intentive care. we'll have the latest on that. >>> a vigil for firefighters, a tornado in action and december surfing in the great lakes. good morning. i'm mara schiavocampo. a powerful winter storm that brought an odd mix of tornadoes, heavy winds and snow to the nation's midsection is now wreaking havoc on the northeast. snow and sleet have produced treacherous road conditions from pennsylvania and western new york to maine with more than a foot of snow expected in some areas. this storm so far being blamed for at least six deaths. and as nbc's kurt gregory reports, the storm is creating a post holiday travel nightmare. >> reporter: cleanup on the day after christmas for the deep south. a record of more than 20 tornadoes as a massive storm system ripped through mississippi and alabama and left arkansas with a record-breaking white christmas. that storm system continued its march acro
a right to know, president obama are you going so solve the 92% or 93% of the deficit. what is it that you talked about on the campaign trail? >> sean: how can you help me he out or help the american people out. they don't know what taxes will be in a couple of days and now we are counting the hours. how is it possible the u.s. senate does not pass a spending bill which constitutionally they are supposed to pass in over three years, over 13 hyundais and then elect the house republicans that did their job? how do we get to that point in it this argument? seems a little strange. >> it is incredible. it is an absolute obligation. it would be a common sense obligation on the part of congress to have a budget even if it weren't required by law but it is required by law and yet the senate democrats have still refused to produce a budget. that is a big part of the reason that we are in the mess we are in. we don't go through the normal process of figuring out how much we will spend, establishing the guard rails, putting the limits on the size of deficit and figuring out how we will reform the big
president obama to do the right thing. the united states must renounce its witch hunt against wikileaks. >> a prominent human rights activist in bahrain has been sentenced to three years in prison for taking part in protests against the u.s.-backed regime. the president of the human center for -- bahrain center for human rights has been detained after making comments and making appearances. >> we are obstinate about the nine states. are upset about the united states trying to hide their crimes. >> we turn to breaking news in russia where three members of a feminist, a group have been found guilty of who will listen for staging a peaceful protest against vladimir putin in son of an orthodox church. -- inside of an orthodox church. >> when i put on my mask, i feel like i can do everything. of course, i and the same person, but this is another part of me, which has more courage, which has a strong pillar of what she is doing is right. she has enough power to change something. >> republicans are mounting increasing pressure on desert covers member taught taken to end his speed to unseat gle
is right for you, the american people. now, number three, not once in the time has president obama demanded that the senate do their job. this is the height of irresponsibility. number four, the president's main focus has been to attack republicans again and again yet republicans they have done their job. they passed a bill months ago to avoid this fiscal cliff. now, that bill has been come meetly ignored by -- completely ignored by senate democrats and by the president. number five the worse part of all there is nothing here that the president is proprosing that deals with the real clear present danger that america now faces. reckless borrowing, reckless spending generational theft that brings america to the point of bankruptcy. the president has given the country over $6 trillion in new debt. trillion dollars deficits as far as the eye can see and all he wants to fight for is higher taxes that will fund a mere 8 and a half days of government. frankly nothing but a pathetic disgrace. you the american people deserve a government that lives within its means. you deserve a government that is
this party? >> clearly, the tea party is running is this. we had a nation that voted for obama's plan to raise taxes on the wealthy. >> that's a good idea. we should raise taxes on the 2% wealthiest people in america. but there's this group of people on the far right that will vote them out of office. they will put up somebody farther right than the people we have in washington and get them out of office. so they're all afraid to vote for a modest tax increase of people who can totally afford it. and that small group of people is dominating this discussion to the detriment of the entire nation. >> john mcccain said this. interesting it has interestingly become clear that the party is against everything and for nothing. nothing on taxes to you. nothing on gun control. nothing on climate change. nothing only gay marriage. nothing on immigration reform on incremental peace approach which will result in nothing. it's a very odd situation when the losing party is the party refusing to negotiate. it may be how you disrupt, but it is now how you govern or how you ever hope to regain a majori
, everybody. >> all right, president obama speaking at the white house after an 11th-hour meeting with congressional leaders on the fiscal cliff. tom, you have been covering this pretty much every day. it looks to me like there are two big headlines here. one, still no deal and, two, he's talking about a bill being presented to the senate, an up- or-down vote that would prevent a tax hike for middle class americans, protect unemployment insurance and that is not all. >> make no mistake, that is a direct shot at the republicans, though. the president knows full well the senate is controlled by democrats. at what point you would be knocking that ball over to the house would be up to house republicans as to who they would be the last ones with up- or-down votes on this. >> more to come on this from you, tom, and our team of reporters on the news edge at 6. the 5 continues after this. have a good night. here you go. you, too. i'm going to dream about that steak. i'm going to dream about that tiramisu. what a night, huh? but, um, can the test drive be over now? head back to the dealers
. >>> president obama is arriving right now in washington, d.c., coming back from hawaii, trading his tropical vacation for the hard reality of the fiscal cliff negotiations. the president called all four congressional leaders last night in an effort to reach a deal, but did that call fall on deaf ears? jared bernstein, former chief economist to vip biden, as well as a contributor. i want to start with the new statement from senator mitch mcconnell's office coming out says last night he called other lead serious. the leader is happy to review what the president has in mind, but to day date the majority has not put forward a plan. jared, is that good they're actually speaking, however far apart as it may sound, at least they're talking? >> it's a bit good. better to be talking than north. the unfortunate thing are the words they're saying. i don't hear much compromise or kind of conciliation in the statements we've heard thus far. i do hear a lot of theatrics, you go first, no you go first. it's strange to say the democrats haven't put forth any legislation on this, because in fact they have. i
and become the obama tax cuts, right? i think that's what conservatives and republicans should be most worried about from a long-term political perspective right now. i mean, in a sense, they have sort of -- they have won a particular policy battle in the sense that most of the bush tax cuts, both parties believe should be extended. right? we're talking about 97%, 98% of the bush tax cuts. you could say that's a policy win for republicans, but if those tax cuts ended up getting branded as obama's tax cuts that he passed after we went over the fiscal cliff, it then loses whatever upside there was for republicans, except, and we have to mention this, for republicans vulnerable to primary challenges, there's obviously a lot of anxiety about being, you know, the first republican in 20 years to vote for a tax increase. i think that's the big fear, that it's been so long. republicans haven't cast this kind of vote. you don't want to be the first one to do it. >> yeah, and charles, we're told the democrats may be waiting until the very last minute. maybe they're banking on pressure and the go
. >> the american people have a right to be very upset with this congress. >> president obama has invited nancy pelosi, john boehner, mitch mcconnell, and harry reid to the white house this afternoon for a fiscal cliff summit. >> here we are five days from the new year, and we might finally start talking. >> today's white house meeting might be the last chance to come to an agreement. that's because it takes time for a bill to work its way through both chamber of commerce. >> i don't know time wise how it can happen now. >> under senate rules, the only way a bill could make its way through the procedural hurdles in time is if every senator agrees not to. they'll have 24 hours. outside the beltway, carlino will be watching. >> everyone is kind of in a wait-and-see and fingers-crossed per expect tichb right now. >> since 1930 this is only the fifth time congress has worked after christmas. and today's summit is the first time president obama has met face to face with congressional leaders since mid-november. duarte, tick tock. >> thank you. >>> general schwarzkopf is being remembered this morning
and no charges have been filed. >>> 6:47 right now. christmas vacation is cut short for president obama. he plans to leave hawaii this evening to return to washington d.c. tomorrow to work on the fiscal cliff deal before the year ends. house and senate members are expected to reconvene. without an agreement, automatic tax increases for everyone and deep spending cuts will be triggered by the new year. the main dispute continues to be over taxes. >>> if you want to play the slots at 2:00 in the morning, starting tomorrow you can. maryland live casino is set to kick off its first 24-hour gaming day. once the casino opens at 8:00 in the morning, it will be open around the clock. maryland live is also prepared to immediately begin making the modifications required to add table games to the floor as soon as the regulation office makes it official. >>> a new 1200-seat auditorium is set to open in ocean city in 2014. it's going to be located at the ronald e. powell convention center. construction is set to begin in the fall on the $14 million project. >>> well, some netflix customers not too ha
zone, and the factor begins right now. >> laura: hi everyone i i'm laura ingraham in for bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. back-to-work. that's the subject of this evening's talking points memo. yesterday the obama administration announced that the president would cut short his hawaiian holiday to make one more attempt to work out a deal to overt the so-called fiscal cliff. in unison, his pals in the news media repeated this white house talking point. >> president obama cutting short his vacation in hawaii, heading back now to washington. that will happen tonight to work on the fiscal cliff deal. >> the looming fiscal cliff is forcing president obama to cut short his christmas vacation. >> president obama is cutting short his christmas vacation. he is leaving hawaii tonight so that he can be back in washington when congress reconvenes tomorrow. >> laura: so we should believe that by leaving his island enclave that the president was making some big sacrifice for the country? i'm thinking washington, crossing the delaware on a bitter christmas night 1776 before going
of this is making sense. this is not right. it will go to obama. >> bam will get obama will win by 1% of the vote. >> new detail of the ongoing and growing controversy surrounding general petraeus. >> beautiful biography, mentally ill swin sister. the housewives of west point. >> that was good one. >> andrea: lots of serious memories here. we covered every major news story. >> bob was completely wrong about the election. >> there were 17. >> he said obama will win by 1%. he won by 3-1/2%. freddie compared to even -- >> greg: compared to even else who was wrong, that was minor. >> kimberly: not at this table. >> juan: i was right about this. >> andrea: pull the tape november of last year. >> kimberly: i got all criticism about obama. it was in the press. >> andrea: coming up, enough of the serious stuff and psycho background music. time for fun on "the five." we have those moments when we come back. ♪ ♪ there is no mass-produced human. and there is one store that recognizes it. the sleep number store. the only place in the world you'll find the extraordinarily comfortable sleep number experien
right, t.j., president obama has been talking about this back-up plan. he's using the power of his bully pulpit to pressure congress to get something done. the basic message is, if they can't come up with a compromise, which is what leaders reid and mcconnell are working on now, they should at least put his proposal up for a vote. his proposal would include a number of things including extended the bush era tax cuts letting the tax cuts expire for the wealthiest americans. that is a big sticking point for americans. also extending on unemployment. here is what president obama had to say on that point on "meet the press." take a listen. >> i was modestly optimistic yesterday but we don't yet see an agreement. now the pressure is on congress to produce. if they don't, what i have said is that in the senate, we should go ahead and introduce legislation that would make sure middle class taxes stay where they are. there should be an up and down vote. everybody should have the right to vote on it. if republicans don't like it, vote no. i think there's a majority support to make sure they are h
. you can watch david's exclusive interview of course with president obama in its entirety tomorrow morning right here on "meet the press." >>> the senate has managed to get something passed. a recovery package to help pay for reconstruction after hurricane sandy. the bill provides more than $60 billion to help areas devastated by the storm but it is not a done deal just yet. the house still has to vote on the package. >>> and now to the other big story we're following, another winter blast moving through the northeast tonight bringing up to a foot of snow in some places. the weather channel's julie martin is at laguardia airport here in new york. julie, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, kate. well, another winter storm for thousands of travelers making their way home from the christmas holiday to ring in the new year. today a winter storm moved quickly northeast dumping snow from the ohio valley up through parts of new england. the storm did not bring with it blockbuster snowfall but it was a quick hitter that came down hard and fast, forcing some commuters to get creative.
're traveling. >> kelly: president obama aboard air force one right now on his way back to washington. but it could be too late. a look at the new taxes you could be paying by next week. >> clayton: oh, goody. thanks. >> juliet: merry christmas. >> clayton: what makes a mate a perfect 10? never mind looks or personality. the new trait everyone is asking about, your credit score. what's your fica? >> "fox & friends" hour two starts right now. >> juliet: that's kind of creepy >> clayton: it is a good question to be asking if you think about it. now with credit being so tight, if you think you're going to get married and may want to buy a house, if you both got bad credit -- >> juliet: do you meet somebody and immediately start asking, what kind of car do you drive? >> kelly: are you an 800? >> clayton: it says something about your ability to save and how smart you are with money. >> juliet: not necessarily. credit gets wrecked because of divorces and other crazy things. >> clayton: the debate to come up. let us know what you think. >> juliet: there are lots of caveats, people. we start
$60 each. >>> when we come right back, a dog is shot during a burglary in virginia. now there's a rescue mission to save a life. >>> and we continue to monitor the white house tonight. here's a live picture. president obama is expected to come out and give a statement in just a few minutes, possibly >>> a rescue mission is on tonight to help a guard dog. breezy is a 5-year-old american pitbull. she guards a boat-yard in virginia beach. this morning burglars shot her twice and left her there as he loaded up boats on trailers to steal them. nor fox animal control took her to a local vet for emergency surgery to remove the bullets. police are investigating. they hope the surveyian video will help they will find thousands burglars. >>> an animal rights group settled a lawsuit with ringly brothers after accusing them of abusing elephants. word of the settlement came today from field entertainment. the circus sued accusing the animal rights group of conspiracy to hurt its business. >>> coming up, the real impact of going over the fiscal cliff, how it will affect your paycheck right
as retaliation for an act signed by president obama that restricts human rights abusers from traveling into the u.s. >>> two military officials tell cnn the syrian government is now using more accurate iranian-made missiles. this week the sources say the regime fired at least two of those short-range ballistic missiles in an attempt to hit syrian targets more accurately. the use of these weapons has prompted nato to send patriot missile systems to protect turkey. they're expected to be in place by the end of january. >>> a 24-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the gunman who ambushed and killed two firefighters when called to a house fire in upstate new york. police announced today she purchased the rifle and shotgun used in the christmas eve attack. she told the gun shop she would be the true owner but she purchased the guns for aex con -- a convicted felon, who was not allowed to legally possess guns. >> tonight since january there have been more people murdered on the streets of chicago than american soldiers killed in afghanistan. in chicago, homicides are up 17% and shooting
. >> julia: what is her legacy? >> she fit right into the obama administration. she's anti-business . she led the charge against coal and oil on behalf of the president. president obama. >> kelly: why did she do that? >> she's anti-business. she's a big global warmer and wants to go after fossil fuels and coil and oil and she went after them. >> eric: some are saying she used the private e-mail with the alias to go after the coal industry. >> we don't know that. i don't know what was in the secret e-mail account. that is pure speculation. but you shouldn't have a secret e-mail account you are epa administrator. what are you hiding is the obvious question. what are you hiding? were you in fact going after coal and oil secretly? we don't know. >> julia: we don't know if it is personal business or on the work computer. >> that is entirely possible. >> eric: the courts will open up the e-mails. >> they should. >> kelly: we'll find out. >> we'll find out. she after the state of the union speech that takes place next month. >> kelly: i know emanuel cleaver chairman. black caucus said she would be m
as retaliation for a law president obama signed that restricts russian human rights abusers from traveling to the u.s. >>> our fourth story "outfront" tonight, arming our school principals. a proposal by arizona attorney general tom horn to give guns to school principals is gaining some support. horn says school shootings like the one in newtown, county, could be prevented if a school employee were armed and trained to use a gun. at least 36 investigators and three sheriffs are now backing the proposal, including sheriff paul babu of arizona, who's written, "the nra is correct. we need a cop in every school. we have a people problem, not a gun problem." sheriff paul babeu is "outfront" tonight. thank you for joining us. >> thank you, john. >> sheriff, i understand the attractiveness of this proposal, an armed guard, a school member training with a weapon. but let's look at the facts, going back to columbine and virginia tech, columbine, they had two armed guards on the campus at the time, virginia tech had 34 armed guards. yet 13 killed in columbine, 32 at virginia tech. so the evidence, s
. whether that can be achieved is still very much up in the air. as of right now, president obama has gone back to his original demand that the bush era tax cuts be extended only for the first $250,000 in earnings. the white house is talking to senate democrats about what their proposal may look like. but as of yet, neither is in communication with congressional republicans. and as the white house hashes out details of the reid plan with senate democrats, it's at this moment unclear exactly what form it will take, what it will look like, other than to deal no doubt wheith tax cuts. details may not be released for a few days as they try to get republican support, yes, but also try to put pressure on speaker boehner by moving a vote in the senate closer to the new year. trying to say to house republicans and the speaker take up this bill that we may pass or take the blame for going over the fiscal cliff. joe. >> brianna keilar in hawaii there. there's a fight over what programs to keep funding when it comes to the fiscal cliff and it's not just between republicans and democrats. to explain t
it is not all that rare. kelly? kelly: jamie, thanks. right now president obama is cutting his vacation short to head back to washington and jump-start the fiscal cliff negotiations with congress. talks fell apart before christmas. the deadline now is just days away and there is no deal in sight to avoid the tax hikes and spending cuts set to go into effect january 1st. our juan williams is a fox news political analyst and he joins us today and very quickly, juan, merry christmas to you. >> merry christmas, kelly. kelly: this is daunting task facing congress to avert the so-called fiscal cliff that will set into motion more than $600 billion in drastic and draconian allic tax hikes and spending cuts. that will cause a lot of pain for all americans and does congress have enough time to act on this? >> they do. you know it will be very close and it may in fact go beyond the deadline per se although people are thinking at the moment it is possible to get something done by the end of this week. the key here, kelly, is the senate. we have been so focused on the house, speaker boehner, plan. about,
and the senate, to pass this. >> right up to the edge. thank you, dana. thank you, jessica. now, right now, the most likely deal on the table seems to be that scaled-down proposal president obama suggested last fright. just to recap, extend tax cuts on household income under $250,000, that's 98% of americans. extend unemployment insurance. that's important. and likely extend the alternative minimum tax fix. but is this bared down plan something house republicans can really get behind? "outfront" tonight to answer that question, republican congressman tom mcclintock of california, a member of the house budget committee. mr. congressman, good to see you. could you back that scaled back plan to avoid going over the fiscal cliff? >> as i said all along, republicans don't want taxes to go up on anyone. if we have an impasse on january 1st, they go up on everyone. so at some point, i think that we republicans have got to realize that if we can't save everybody, we need to try to save as many people as possible. that's not advocating a tax increase. if a lifeguard sees ten people drowning off his
the key individuals involved in the process now, president obama, senator majority leader harry reed and mitch mcconnell. what is the tone? >> it's all about the senate right now, that is one of the more remarkable developments. all along we thought it would be between the obama white house and house speaker john boehner and there was a logic behind that. because getting legislation out of the house is the trickier part of crafting any type of deal. but with the house saying look, we need the senate to do something, the last ditch effort is occurring in the senate right now. i spoke to staffers close to senator mcconnell that said there was optimism on their side yesterday, including from their boss, senator minority leader mitch mcconnell to get a deal. of course, any kind of word in reading from the members themselves will not come until tomorrow, but it's both chris and luke that said in the segment before mine, there is a sense that what might have been optimism yesterday does not exist today. of course, that is what always goes on when you have negotiations. we will see what hap
. >> because people want to make sure they can own them legally before they have that right taken away. >> reporter: the white house said after the newtown shooting that president obama supports a ban on assault weapons proposed by california democratic senator dianne feinstein. getting it through congress quickly is highly unlikely, but the mere mention of a ban is enough to send sales soaring and, it's not just guns. brownells said it recently sold more than three and a half years worth of ar-15 magazines in three days. even before newtown, sales of guns and ammunition this year were surging. fbi background checks of potential gun buyers were up 31% in november 2012 over 2011. in a report issued prior to newtown, the market research firm ida's world that tracks the gun industry, found gun enthesists are working themselves into a frenzy over what another four years under the obama administration may hold for gun laws. chuck is an instructor at nova firearms in falls church, virginia, where they nearly sold out of ar-15's and high capacity magazines after newtown. >> so ironically this
holiday and at this point there's not a lot of time left and hopes for a grand bargain, president obama and house speaker boehner had been working on have all but evaporated right now. making sure that the steep tax hikes don't go in to effect. president obama on friday saying he would accept a deal as long as it does not allow taxes to go up on middle class americans, as long as it extends unemployment insurance and lays the groundwork for deficit reduction in the future. so there's sort of scaling back their expectations. house speaker boehner tried to get an alternative bill passed through the house last week. that failed. the focus shifts to the senate. reid and mcconnell will really be charged with trying to hammer out the fine details of that deal that can make it through the senate and through the house so that is the challenge moving forward. of course, president obama here in hawaii for his christmas cray case. he played some golf over the weekend. also, attended the memorial service for the late senator daniel inouye. thomas, on a much lighter note, he asked me had i taken my
-mailing each other about barack obama and mitt romney. you were tearing me off a new one, i believe is the american phrase, for what you perceived to be my lack of support for the president. >> that's right. >> i was more interested in the debate. it was a good one. i found it informative. >> i sent you articles. >> you did. your man won. >> your man didn't? >> i don't have a voice in the race. i'm british. my argument was i wondered whether mitt romney could be better for the american economy. >> god, no. >> given his background. you were having none of it. >> do you know why? there have been businessmen who turned presidents. hoover, the first george bush. businessmen. there were a couple of others. lousy presidents. businessmen make lousy presidents. >> why have you been so consistently supportive of obama? >> i can't even imagine thinking about what would happen to the supreme court if a republican were the president. you know? i mean, citizens united is a horrible thing people can spend and waste this amount of money on elections? think of the people that could benefit from tha
down on tv, the bad debate fumbles. let me imitate president obama and won. >> exactly. >> you are right. you know what, he is never been a good debater. there was nothing terribly bad about that. >> it was bad. >> listen, i want you all to look back on youtube at mccain oba obama. he wasn't that good. >> he wasn't a five star recruit in the previous debates. but in that one, he got cut. that was bad. >> it made the campaign that much more interesting because it changed the dynamics. >> but it changed. >> the number three. fumble. >> so, mr. president, how do you handle promises that you have made when you are running for election and how do you handle it? i mean what do you say to people? do you just you know i know, people -- i thought make it was an excuse. what do you mean shout ut up? >> just the weirdness of that moment. >> if you expect a comment on that. >> i'm out. >> love it. >> i'm out. >> i was in the hall that night, i was sitting there going what is he talking about. >> me too. >> this is another thing. hollywood legends are always bad at giving speeches. >> they
at a time when over on the house side, you have so many republicans who are so far right and worry about farther right running against them in primary, that john boehner's plan last week. we don't know how much has changed since last week. but president obama sounded like he was saying something that he had been planning to say all along. >> it's almost like the white house is stepping out. i think we have some sound from mitch mcconnell talking about the next steps. let's see if we can run that out. >> we had a good meeting at the white house. we are engaged in discussions, if majority leader, myself and the white house in the hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation. that i can make to my conference and the majority leader can make to his conference. >> i'm going to do everything that i can, i'm confident senator mcconnell will do the same. but everybody, this is -- whatever we come up with, this is going to be imperfect. and some people aren't going to like it. some people will like it less. but that's where we are. and i feel confident that we have
at stow lake. >>> president obama is's. he may avoid -- president obama is in hawaii. he may come home early to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. >>> a plan includes proposed projects to attract state i havers -- visitors. >>> 7:23. moving along in the day right now, tara, you know we talked about going to the golden gate park today. there is another gift that people should know about. >> there is a perk. free parking. >> yay! >> in san francisco today. yeah, free metered parking everywhere along a -- including along the embarcadero and fisherman's wharf. no street sweeping unless that sign says seven days a week of the including holidays. that's the good news -- a week, including holidays. that's the good news. you can see traffic is moving well along all directions. we have, really not a whole lot of people out there. hopefully everybody is opening their presents right now. down in the south bay, 237, milpitas, usually we see a lot of westbound traffic on the right-hand side of your screen but really own what? three cars right now. so that's great. here's rosemary. >>> we have a new
is getting pelted from the left and the right, man without a country. are you surprised that the obama administration hasn't stepped up the reference to sort of shield him a little bit, beings he's for all intents and purposes the nominee for the defense secretary? >> the administration has done everything they can. chuck hagel is like a man, who was like susan rice, not nominated for anything. susan rice took a pelting for a job she was not officially nominated for. chuck hagel is someone who hasn't been nominated for secretary of defense but is someone who is rumored to be that person. i think we saw an indication of what the administration was doing to, in a way to protect hagel, and i'm thinking of specifically the criticisms of hagel and what he had said during the whole "don't ask, don't tell" fight and things that -- i'm sorry, about the nomination of jim hormel to be ambassador to luxembourg back in the '90s. he said the ambassador was openly aggressively homosexual. hagel took a pummelling for a few hours, few days, then miraculously, there was an apology from chuck hagel. the
right now of john boehner and president obama. john boehner from your state of ohio. there are a lot of people that say if the deal were between these two guys, it would be made. the problem is john boehner can't agree to something with president obama and then take it back to his own party. >> well, and vice versa. a year ago august the president couldn't agree to the deal he needed another $400 billion in revenue. look, if the president and senator reid and john boehner all said to me today it's written, let's put simpson-bowles on the floor, i guarantee you given the urgency we could cobble together something to solve this problem but nobody is willing to pull the trigger. everybody wants to play the blame game. this blame game is about to put us over the edge. >> the problem, of course, which you don't personally face because you didn't run for this new congress is a poll that we have that was taken very recently that says -- we asked who would be more responsible if the fiscal cliff occurs. 48% of respondents say the gop in congress. 37% blame -- would blame president obama and
situation. they're willing to buckle a little bit on rates right now but ultimately when they talk about the debt ceiling, they think they can some other things they can attack 37. >> sam, is the obama white house this good? is this divide and conquer? >> well, first of all, no, they're not that good. and, you know, it's ironic because had boehner taken that last offer that obama gave him, one that would have changed the benefit structure for social security, it would have ended up fracturing the democratic base in some respects. a lot of progressives were upset the white house was even going there. they thought he didn't need to make that concession. a lot of this is the house republicans' own fault they're in in corner. they could have taken a deal, could have take an deal in the summer of 2011 which would have been more favorable to them. they didn't do either. >> if obama is coming out and from what we're hearing he's not making a real offer. he's coming out with $250,000 staying with what he had before christmas. he's playing hardball. if he came out and was talking about a $40,000
printing money right and left and hoping that somehow it is going to turn the economy around. obama promised that if we follow these policies, everything ought to be improving. >> hunky dory. i am not seeing it. looking uhed -- looking ahead to the new year, all of the printing of money, is that change ?g. >> printing of money did help. it did inflate the economy. the problem is that you had fiscal policy which is what the white house could control. it didn't really work. it worked horribly. we know that unemployment is going down because the labor force is shrinking. that's why it is going down. it is an unprecedented thing. the only thing left to do is monetary policy. you try to pump up the economy by printing more money. a lot of people criticize ben bernanke for that. it could sew the seeds of inflation where down the road the stuff will be way too expensive. it was the only game in town. if you believe bernanke, if he didn't do that, we may have gone into a double dip recession or something worse. >> let's talk about the fact that so many people who are heads of companies, cor
obama to consider is the extent to which some of their behavior is driven more by the need to be right and look good than about what is really in the best interest. it seems like a simple thing, but when people can become aware of some of these deeper patterns, they can shift off of them and be more adult and make better decisions. so my advice would be become more effectively aware of things driving them. >> do you think there's either one more at fault than the other? >> you know, they probably at this point speaker boehner simply because he's more backed into the corner. president obama has the better hand, and everybody knows that. as a function of that, boehner has to consider what are his options? his options are conscripted. when they're conscripted, people act more unconsciously and people go back to old patterns. the advice would serve boehner a little more than obama, but let's not be fooled here. even when things are in our favor, we still are seduced into this kind of behavior. >> we hope that some of the powers that be have been watching this, and we do hope we get past th
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